Central Grace Church "To The Praise Of The Glory Of His Grace"
--Ephesians 1:6

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

March 12th , 2017

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………..……… The Singing & Sighing of The Saints – Psalm 30

10:00 am ……………………….…………………..………………..……… Caught But Not Condemned – John 8:1-11

Birthdays: March: 17th – Rick Polk, Alec Bobbitt

Cleaning: This Week: Mac & Margaret , Next Week: John & Irene

Nursery: Jill O.

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WORSHIP

 There is nothing that the church does that is more important than assembling to worship Christ. To gather in order to honor Christ through praying, preaching and hearing the Gospel is such an important thing that each of us should approach it very seriously. Let each one prepare himself in heart and body so as to arrive on time, having the heart clothed with a desire to hear from Christ and the body dressed modestly so as not to attract attention to one’s self. Let each of us enter into every song and prayer, closing out the thoughts of the world and all the cares it loads on us. Let each of us listen to the Word of God with the intensity of baby birds chirping for food. In short, let each of us give himself to worship in this hour as though there were nothing better or more important in all the world to do – because there isn’t. -- Joseph Terrell

 


The Hearer I Appreciate

 

… One who has prayed for the preacher and for the blessing of the Lord on the

   congregation which is meeting today.

… One who is punctually in his pew with his family beside him.

… One who has his Bible open and who devoutly follows the Scriptures read as

   hearing God speaking to him.

… One who takes a hymnbook and joins in the praise of the Lord as earnestly

   as does the leader of the singing.

… One who in his heart joins in the prayer time.

… One who remembers that we are in the presence of God and bears himself

   with reverence of manner and conversation.

… One who looks for Christ and grace in the sermon and not for rhetoric,   

   elocution, and clever statements.

… One who listens, takes the message to himself, and has a comment

   afterward regarding the subject.

… One who has a look and a word of Christian greeting for those near him in

   the church after the service. –John Hall, (1829-1898)—[& every other Gospel Preacher]

 

 

Forgive And Be Forgiven. Forgive Not, Be Not Forgiven -- Matthew 6:14-15

 

  Everyone is guilty of every sin against God, either in thought or deed.  But God is of great mercy and frankly forgives any and all sins of anyone who asks for mercy (but Christ had to pay for our sins).  We are great sinners in need of great mercy and God delights to show mercy. But . . . if we do not forgive our fellow sinners for their minor offenses toward us, neither will God forgive us.  Those He is most angry with are the unmerciful and ungrateful;  those He has shown mercy to. 

  If we do not forgive our brother, we will not be forgiven.  If we do not forget their offenses, God will not forget ours.  If we do not run and fall on the neckof our guilty brother (like the Father) the rod of God’s anger will fall on our back.  If we do not make peace and pursue it, we will not have peace with God and He will allow sin and Satan to pursue us.  If we hold a grudge against our brother, God holds a much greater grudge against us and will repay with vengeance. If we do not speak to our brother or sister, God will not speak to us. If they call on us and we do not respond, God will not hear us when we call.  If we stay angry at our brother or sister, God is much more angry with us,  and we can count on the axe to fall.  God will repay in kind.  God is justand we will get just what we deserve if we do not show mercy, grace and forgiveness as He has shown us.

     


Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street . Rocky Mount, Virginia

February 12th , 2017

9:30 am ……………………….……………………………………………..……… Christ Hated By The World – John 7:1-9

10:00 am ……………………….………………………………………………….… The Beloved Son Sacrificed – Genesis 22

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Language Of Hope 

                                       “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,

                                             that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might HOPE” – Romans 15:4

 

  THE message of Scripture is a message of HOPE to the believer; a message of salvation and deliverance from sin, death and hell.  Scripture says that Christ came to . . . “deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Heb.2:15). The language of scripture is a language of HOPE for all the saints.  The disciples, worried about their friend Lazarus, who was sick unto death, were told by the Lord, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth.” That eased their worries and fears.  God’s Word to His people is a language of HOPE, which dispels all fear of death and dying. “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?” (John 11:26).   None have ever perished who have trusted in God’s mercy, who have believed God’s Christ. NONE!  All who have fallen asleep in Jesus, are right now with Him where He is, beholding His glory, in eternal happiness and bliss.  They didn’t ‘go to the land of the dead’, as some say, but rather, left the land of the dead to go to the living God.  Believer, HOPE THOU IN GOD!  Hope in His mercy, hope in His grace, hope in HIS SON . . . and it shall be well with thee, thou shalt never die! You have God’s Word on it.

 

 

Lovest Thou Me More Than These? - John 21:15

 

   Here is the great question that confronts believers throughout their lives. It is a comfort to those who fail, as Peter had.  Despite the many failures of the child of God, he can say, as Peter did, "Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee."  This question from the Lord is also a challenge, forcing us to decide what is truly important to us. Love for Christ is the first law of the believer.  It is a law that no amount of legal hairsplitting can circumvent. Peter was in his own element: by the seashore with other fishermen. The Lord, in as much as said, "Which shall it be, Peter? Me or the nets?"  Put in those terms, the answer was easy; it had already been answered in Peter's heart. But, the professions of each of us will be tested by similar choices. "Lovest thou Me more than family, home, career, comfort, plans, hopes, money, even life?" Paul said that he counted all things worthless compared to Christ.  May we likewise love Christ more than all things, and may we always show that love in our choices!  -- Joe Terrell

 

 

Are You a Calvinist?

 

     Most of the time this question is asked by those who do not believe the truth; those who do not believe that God is absolutely sovereign in salvation; those who care nothing for the truth of God nor the glory of God.  And most of the time our (my) response is to quickly qualify what is meant by a Calvinist and  quickly say, that, the doctrine did not originate with a man (Calvin), nor do we follow the teachings of a man, but the doctrine of scripture alone.  But I, for one, am tired of qualifying everything for the sake of rebels; I want to quit apologizing, as it were, to people who hate God and hate those who stand for the truth, namely John Calvin. 

  Our dear brother John Calvin was a man of God, sent by God, called by God to preach and write the Truth of God, and did so faithfully and truthfully in his generation.  While I may not agree with everything he said or wrote, I agree with him in the main, in the essentials of the faith and heartily endorse this man and love him in the Lord.  Brother John’s preaching and writings glorified the Lord, abased proud man, and pointed sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ, the sinners only hope. He laid down his life for the gospel and those to whom he preached.  For what my endorsement is worth, I stand with the man, behind the man, follow the man (as Paul told us to follow him as he followed the Lord), and would like to be just half the man that brother John Calvin was.   Put all the silly, foolish, ignorant,  modern day false preachers together and, like the Pharisees before Stephen, they would not stand for a moment before the knowledge of God’s Word, wisdom, understanding of human nature and zeal for the truth of God’s glory that our dear brother Calvin was given.  Brother Spurgeon once said: “Calvinism is the gospel and the gospel is Calvinism.”

   Am I a Calvinist?  Yes sir I am!  And don’t say anything more of my dear brother unless it is in love and appreciation for the dear man.  Brother Calvin is one,  of whom the world was not worthy.  I count it an honor to be associated with him and other men just like him.

Central Grace Church

3596 Franklin Street .  Rocky Mount, Virginia

 February 5th , 2017

 9:30 am ……………………….………………………………………..……………………..The Fiery Trial –  1 Peter 4:12-19

10:00 am ……………………….……………………………………………….……….. Doth This Offend You? – John 6:41-71

Wednesday 7:30 ………………………………………………… True Grace, Part 9 – The God of All Grace –  1 Peter 5:1-14

 

Birthdays:  February:  20th – Lanie Bobbitt,   22nd – Irene Davis,  28th – Tammy Fannin ,   

Cleaning:  This Week – Mahans,  Next Week --  Parks

Nursery:   ,   Alt:

 

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Words Without Knowledge

 

 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?  (Job 38:2)

 

 A nearby Christian church building had the following statement on their sign: “God is in control. Let Him have his way.” Does anyone see the inconsistency in such a statement? Many cars pass the sign each day, and I assume that some drivers must read it. It must be true that only in things relating to God can man be so gullible. The reason is because of man’s spiritual blindness.

  The Lord’s question to Job at the heading of this article surely applies to whoever posted that statement. The words are devoid of knowledge. The knowledge of Scripture that reveals the truth concerning the Sovereign Lord God. “For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?” (Isaiah 14:27). “The purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” (Ephesians 1:11).

  The first definition for the word “let” is to “permit.” Does man “permit” God? Does God ask man’s permission or does God do as Nebuchadnezzar said? “He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35).

  God asks this question in Isaiah 45:13, “Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?” In this text, the question is: “I will work, and who shall let [“impede it,” or “not permit”] it?” The answer is understood that none are able to impede or hinder God from working His will.

  It is because He is in control and He does have his way that those who trust in His Son have peace in their hearts and confidence to live in this world without fear. Not only do we know that He is in control, but we say with those who said, concerning Him after working a miracle in the days of His flesh, “He hath done all things well.” (Mark 7:37).

  --  David Pledger, pastor, Lincolnwood Baptist Church, Houston, TX

 

 

Contemporary ‘Worship’

 

  ‘Contemporary’ means modern, up to date, according to present styles and fashion.  Therefore, so-called ‘contemporary worship’ is WORLDLY.  It is an attempt to make religion suitable to modern man, no matter how perverse he has become.  All of the so-called ‘gospel’ music today is the worst form of this ‘contemporary’ stuff they call worship and is the product of the false gospel being preached today.  Quite simply, the reason for all of this is, “there is no fear of God before their eyes”; the way people profess to worship God today, is irreverent, blasphemous, and worldly. It is very evident what it is all about.  If it looks and sounds like a rock concert, that’s what it is!  If it looks and sounds like a bluegrass concert, that’s what it is!  If it looks and sounds like a Hollywood production, that’s what it is!  If it looks and sounds like it’s  about money, that’s because it is!

  God is to be worshipped with fear, sobriety, reverence and in a Biblical manner.  We should conduct our services and ourselves in such a way, that if the prophets or apostles walked in, they would say: “Now that is how God is to be worshiped.”  Paul gave instructions to us, “that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the Truth” (1 Tim.3:15). Our songs and all we do should reflect the serious nature of what we do.  We are in the presence of the Holy God!  This is not a concert or a fun time but a time of worship. Joy and gladness yes, but as scripture says: “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” (Psalm 2:11)

 

 

Prayer

   “It is not much praying that is condemned . . . but much speaking;  the danger of this error is when we only say our prayers, not when we pray them.  Better a heart without words at all, than words without heart.” --  Matthew Henry (1662-1714)